Shalom College
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9 Fitzgerald Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670

Phone: 07 4155 8111

6 June 2019

Principal’s Reflection

I know I can be accused of a huge degree of bias in the following, but Shalom kids are awesome!! Last Saturday night, I could not have been more proud to be associated with our Senior students at their Formal. Friday and Saturday night, our Performing Arts students put on a sensational display at the Showcase. Music students, Dance students, Drama students and a whole swag of other enthusiasts combined to put on a production that was more than memorable. As a sidelight to the Showcase evening, our Art students displayed their talents in the Foyer of the Theatre. I am so often just blown away by the talent and commitment of so many Shalom students. Of course, as always, we rely on the willingness of so many staff members willing to give of their personal time to make sure those many young people get a chance to shine. They are also awesome! Sometimes people will take a shot at teachers who only work from 8.30 – 3.00, we don’t have many of those at Shalom! Thanks also to the parents who support their daughters and sons so wholeheartedly in the activities that they want to be a part of. Together, we all make a very positive difference in the lives of so many young people. Again, I run the risk of being accused of bias but Shalom College is an excellent school. It’s not perfect and we get things wrong at times but it is just a wonderful community of which to be a part.

Sam Johnson at Shalom. Sam is taking two years out of his acting career in an attempt to raise $10m for Cancer research. This is Sam’s response to the tragic death of his sister from Brain Cancer. Recently Sam won ‘Dancing with the Stars’ which he used as a platform to highlight his project. We will have Sam at Shalom during Assembly on Thursday and in the Sports Centre at 7pm to speak with parents. Please make the most of this opportunity.

Welcome Mr Takeshi ‘TK’ Kurasawa – TK is well known to us at Shalom. Accompanying students from Sakkado High School in Tokyo, TK has made about seven visits to Shalom. This time, he will be with us for longer. Ms Simone Wilson will leave us in mid July to spend a year working in Japan along with her family. TK will take her place while she is on Leave teaching Japanese. I have no doubt that he will be made feel very welcome and our students will benefit enormously from his teaching skills.

Interhouse Athletics commences in the second half of today and Tuesday will be a full day of Athletics. Once again, participation is very important to us on days like this. Please do not give your child an ‘easy out’ because they don’t love athletics or because they think they need a study day. Participation in days like this are important and certainly not optional extras at Shalom.

Mr Dan McMahon

Newsletter Articles

Year 12 Exams

Year 12 End of Semester Exams Monday 24 June – Friday 28 June

See link below to the Year 12 End of Semester Exam Timetable. Please note that Year 12 will have home study during the exam block. Students, if you know you will be absent for your exam, you must see your classroom teacher as soon as possible with appropriate documentation (ie medical certificate or statuary declaration) to organise an alternative exam time.

Mr Brendan Maher
Assistant Principal – Administration

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp 2018

Our Year 7 Camps are underway at our Chaverim Campus! Last week’s classes had a wonderful time. Here is what our remaining Year 7 Students can expect over their three days at camp! Don’t forget the equipment list and program can be found on our website.



Preferred option is Email or Phone Absentee line 41558181

ALL student absentees should be notified to the office by 9am each day. If no notification has been received, an absentee text message will be sent out to parents to advise of the student’s absence.

Uniform Checks

Last Friday we asked each PC teacher to check each student in their class – the name in their Navy Jacket tracksuit top and also their hat.

Can you please also check at home – just in case your child has accidentally picked up and worn someone else’s Navy Jacket tracksuit top or hat by mistake.

Please bring to the student reception at school, if you find someone else’s property at home.

Plus – please name all your school clothing so if it does go missing and ends up in lost property – we can easily find the owner.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Maths Team Challenge

Chicken nuggets, Volcanoes on Mars, Japanese bridges and World Series Baseball all featured in the Bundaberg Maths Team Challenge for 2019. Fourteen Shalom Teams from Years Seven to Twelve competed in the annual competition, with the chance to experience unusual, abstract and totally different mathematical concepts.

All students did their best to answer the 30 questions across two hours, with one team earning enough points to place second in their division.

Senior Division Second Place was awarded to the Year 11/12 team of Samuel Freeman, Liam McGuire, Daemon O’Brien, Abhash Pathak and Josef Baumgartner.

Thank you to the fourteen supervisors from Year 11 who assisted on the day with judging teams from other schools in the district.

Can you solve this Junior (Year7/8) question?

My locker number is a 3-digit number. The sum of the digits is 19 and the product of the digits is 216. What is my locker number if the digits are in ascending order?

Maths Team challenge Runners Up
Abhash Pathak, Samuel Freeman, Josef Baumgartner, Daemon O’Brien, and Liam McGuire

Mrs Rhonda Cutmore
Maths Teacher


Work Experience

In the last school holidays, Year 10 student, Chantal Winkler, participated in work experience at Vet Cross Bundaberg. Chantal said that she had an amazing time at her placement and loved observing the surgeries. She was able to experience a knee reconstruction, a dental repair, de-sexing and many other procedures as well as helping with ultrasounds and vaccinations.

Chantel said: The thing I most enjoyed about working at the vets was seeing all the surgeries and how they open up the animal and look at what is wrong with them. I loved going out with the vets to some farms and working with horses, but my favourite moment was playing with all the puppies.

Shalom would like to thank Vet Cross Bundaberg for their collaboration and support in providing this industry engagement.

Chantal Winkler

Work experience is a great opportunity for students to explore their passion and understand what is expected in the workplace, while developing skills outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to understand what they may need to do to prepare for the future. We would strongly encourage Year 10 students to engage in work experience prior to Senior Subject Selection next term. Please see the Student Work Experience Booklet attached for further information and instruction.

How Social Media Impacts Your Job Search

Did you know that well over half of employers use social networking platforms/sites to research applicants? It may not matter how good your resume or cover letter is if you neglect or sabotage your digital presence! There are some very important do’s and don’ts. For some tips and guidance about your digital identity, take a look at this link below.

How to Become a Set Designer

The Good Universities Guide states that set designers research, design and supervise the construction of sets and scenery, costumes and all the visual aids required in stage, film and television productions. Set designers need to have an artistic flair; be able to combine practical and artistic skills and have good communication skills.

Set designers:

Produce freehand sketches, accurate scale models, plans and working drawings in consultation with the director of the production, the production manager and other creative artists

Design sets and props, taking into consideration budget allocations and the artistic and technical requirements of the director or producer

Supervise qualified tradespeople who construct the sets and direct set assistants on matters relating to design interpretations

Advise on other areas of technical production such as lighting and sound

Find out more at the link below.

2019 Twilight University Expo

Be sure to mark on your calendar the Shalom Twilight University Expo on Thursday 20 June from 3pm-6pm in the Sports Centre. This event is free and is open to every high school in the Bundaberg and the wider community. We are excited to be welcoming most of the big name universities along with residential colleges to gather at once in our regional area.

The timing is perfect for current Year 10s choosing their senior subjects, Year 11s who may have pathway questions and Year 12s in preparation for their QTAC applications. Feel free to share this open invitation with your friends> The Expo is open to all young people in our district and we look forward to the support of our Shalom and broader community.


Mrs Liza O’Donnell
Pathways Coordinator

Vinnies School Sleepout

When: Friday 26 July from 4pm to Saturday 27 July 8am

Where: Shalom Sports Centre

What: Homelessness is one of the leading social issues facing Australians each day.

On average over 116,400 people experience some form of homelessness every singleday, with over 1.4 million Australians having experienced homelessness within the past 10 years.

Shalom students are invited to join the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD to offer a hand up this winter. Vinnies School Sleepout is a fun and interactive way to raise awareness about the issues and effects of homelessness. By taking part in the School Sleepout, you are taking action against the homelessness crisis Australia is facing. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in advocating for change, whilst making a difference to the lives of people in their local community. It also gives students the opportunity to experience what it might be like for someone sleeping rough.

If you are interested in attending this activity, see Mrs Petersen in Student Services for more information.

Mrs Cheryl Petersen
Campus Minister

Quiet Achiever

Year 8 student Tahia Zia is our Lingiari House Quiet Achiever.

Tahia always has a smile on her face, and has been very humble about representing Wide Bay and Queensland in the Schools Table Tennis competition. We wish Tahia all the best at the upcoming National Championships in Sydney.

Tahia Zia

Mr Jason Baulch
Lingiari House Coordinator

Library News

Winter is here and it’s a wonderful time to pick up a new book.

We have lots of new titles making their way into the library so pop in to see what we can find for you. We spend so much of our day reading on our computer screens and devices but there’s nothing like a real book for that all important recreational reading.

Just 10 to 15 minutes of reading for pleasure every day can have a positive impact on academic achievement, so whether it’s a graphic novel, magazine or the latest release by your favourite author, do yourself a favour and visit the library today.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

First Draft Festival

Entries are now open to all Shalom students for our First Draft Festival Writing Competition. This is being held as part of our First Draft Literature Festival.

There are four sections in the writing competition. The theme for students in Years 7 to 9 is Heroes and Villains. The theme for students in Years 10 to 12 is Courage.

And yes, you can enter more than once!

Years 7 - 9 Poetry
Year 7 - 9 Short Story
Year 10-12 Poetry
Year 10 – 12 Short Story

The Guidelines of the competition are here so read them carefully.

All entries must have an entry form. You can print one from this file or pick one up when you drop your entry into the Beerarlem Library.

It’s free to enter and there are great prizes to won that are kindly being donated by Dymocks Bundaberg.

Any questions please ask Miss Davis or Mrs Hume.

Miss Wendy Davis
Teacher Librarian/English Teacher

Internet Safety

Instrumental Music

Rhapsody Rotorua NZ 2020

I have extended the date to this Friday 14 June as the final opportunity to submit your expression of interest in this tour and I need to notify the organisers if there is any chance of a group from Shalom College being able to attend the music festival next year. To recap - I would like to take primarily a vocal group of 20 - 25 students but need the expression of interest form returned by 14 June before a meeting is called to answer all questions re the tour. The 20-25 singers do not need to be currently in choir – they could be students who have a love of singing and travel. In addition, if there are enough students to make up a small string, woodwind or mixed instrumental group for example, that would be a great addition to our performance commitments in Rotorua. Please contact me as soon as possible if you need more information or if you have misplaced the original informal sent out earlier.

Bundaberg Groups Eisteddfod

Entries have been submitted for every music group in the program. Competition will be held during week 3, Term 3 and information re times and travel arrangements will be emailed as soon as the program becomes available. Don’t forget the concert scheduled in the performance calendar for week 2 for parents and friends to hear and see the groups performing prior to the Eisteddfod.

Queensland Catholic Schools Festival

An information email was sent to all senior instrumental groups plus choir and a reply in relation to travel and accommodation requirements is essential as soon as possible please.


If your child/ren are unable to attend a rehearsal, please send an email to the conductor or to myself and I will forward.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any query in relation to the Instrumental Music Department.

Mrs Robyn Edgar
Instrumental Music Coordinator



Keanu Arsenault and Steven Borg both represented Qld Country playing Football in Brisbane over the May long weekend. The pair travelled to Brisbane with the Wide Bay U15/16 team to compete in the Quad Series. From there Keanu and Steven were both selected to play in the Qld Country team against Brisbane Metro and Brisbane Roar teams. Congratulations Keanu and Steven.

Mr Peter Robinson
Student Welfare
High Performance Program

Rugby League

It was business as usual for the Shalom Year 8 Rugby League team prior to the Wide Bay Northern Conference final against Xavier College this Thursday with Thomas Morcom cutting loose with four tries in a 54-0 white-wash of North SHS in the last round of the BDSSS Broncos Challenge last Wednesday.

Also our Year 7’s were rewarded with their first win of the year, downing Kepnock 20-6, while our Open side got the points on a Kepnock forfeit, but our Year 10’s suffered a set-back with an 18-0 defeat at the hands of Bundaberg High, and our Year 9’s tried hard throughout but were also beaten by Bundaberg High 28-10.

Power forward Sebastyn Brennan, celebrating his birthday, delivered his own gift, opening the Year 8’s account with a try in the third minute, and the team was again clinical, finishing with five tries per half, with apart from Thomas’ haul, halfback Dawson Hess also in the thick of things with 16 points from one try and six goals, with the side taking their points tally to a hefty 174 in three matches, while conceding just four points.

Coach Mr Halford said other stand-outs included three of their other try scorers, rugged forwards Coen Phillips and Jack Schmidt, and Ezekiel Monckton, who played fullback in the first half and five-eighth in the second.

Shalom Year 8 Rugby League

The Shalom Year 7’s established a 10-6 half-time lead and went right on with the job, with tall and elusive second rower Jett Maher securing victory with a second-half double.

In a strong team performance, Coach Mr O’Driscoll said their best were headed by halfback Dane Zardus, utility forward Fionn Houston and Levi Monckton, who started the game as lock but switched to five-eighth in the second stanza.

Shalom’s Year 9’s trailed just 6-4 at the break after a good winger’s try on the siren to Noah Anderson, but Bundaberg High put their stamp on the game with three tries in 8 minutes to start the second term.

Shalom hit back with a fine try and conversion by industrious lock Jack Picaro in the 35th minute, but Bundaberg High put the icing on their cake with another converted try in the dying seconds.

Front rower Ronan Dempsey also turned in his usual robust all-round performance for Shalom

Year 10: Bundaberg High 18 d Shalom 0.

Year 9: Bundaberg High 28 d Shalom 10 (Noah Anderson, Jack Picaro tries; Jack Picaro goal).

Year 8: Shalom 54 (Thomas Morcom 4, Sebastyn Brennan, Jack Schmidt, Ezekiel Monckton, Dawson Hess, Sam Aitkenhead, Coen Phillips tries; Dawson Hess 6, Sebastyn Brennan goals) d North 0.

Year 7: Shalom 20 (Jett Maher 2, Joshua Garland, Joseph Doyle tries; Joshua Garland, Joseph Doyle goals) d Kepnock 6.

Mr Vincent Habberman

Uniform Shop

Rugby League playing shorts and Rugby League Socks are now in stock and are available for purchase at the Uniform Shop. The shorts are $35 each, socks $12 each, payment options include…. Eftpos, cash or credit card payment via phone.

All enquiries call Leanne 4155 8121

Date Claimers

Tuesday 11 June

Year 7 Camp 8

Year 7 Camp 9

Shalom Athletics Carnival

BDPSS Girls RL Trials

Wednesday 12 June

Year 7 Camp 8

Year 7 Camp 9

Year 7 Camp 10

Thursday 13 June

Year 7 Camp 9

Year 7 Camp 10

BDPSS 12yrs Girls RL Trials

Friday 14 June

Year 7 Camp 10

Saturday 15 June

Head of the River Regatta

Sunday 16 June

Head of the River Regatta

Tuesday 18 June

Wide Bay 10-12 yrs T&F Noms close

BDPSS 12yrs Girls RL Trials

Thursday 20 June

Twilight Uni Expo

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1

29 January – 5 April

Term 2

23 April – 28 June

Term 3

15 July – 20 September

Term 4

8 October – 6 December


Breakfast is now available in the tuckshop for purchase each morning 8:00am – 8:30am.

Items include

  • Bacon & Egg Muffins - $3.50
  • Ham & Cheese Croissant - $3.50
  • Porridge & Cereal - $3 (self-service option with milk and bowl & cutlery are supplied)
  • Fresh Fruit - $1 (seasonal fruits such as; Bananas, Apples, Mandarins etc)

Plus, the already available items of Yoghurt Pots, Up n Go drinks & Flavoured Milk

Students who train before school need to consider utilising the breakfast menu to replenish energy lost during their training sessions, however must be dressed appropriately before entering the tuckshop and must not be late for class.

Tuckshop Roster


11 June

Cathy Duffield


12 June

Katrina McCallum


13 June

Trish Cahill

Merna Cook


14 June

Jeanette Rand


17 June

Mila Robertson


18 June

Jeanette Tu


19 June

Help Needed Please


20 June

Help Needed Please

Merna Cook


21 June

Kylie Jarvis

Nereda Torok


24 June

Help Needed Please


25 June

Help Needed Please


26 June

Help Needed Please


27 June

Jacqueline Read

Merna Cook


28 June

Help Needed Please

Shalom Sunday Markets

New Stallholders Welcome – Please contact Peter Barone 0438 446 269

Sunday 16 June 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Carol Barrazza

Lisa Christensen

Brenda Jay

9:00am – 12:30pm

Chris Dennien

Maria McMahon

Jacqueline Read

Sue Sargent

Sunday 23 June 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Kate Rehbein

Craig Warner

9:00am – 12:30pm

Brendan/Astrid Clancy

Jo Medcalf

John Pappalardo

Vicki Saffioti

Tracey Shears

Sunday 30 June 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Andrew Lucht

Janelle Test

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sharon Anderson

Katumaree Nabnili

Sunday 7 July 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Mary Buchanan

Helen/Matthew Mader

Cassie Savage

Steven Schiffke

9:00am – 12:30pm

Katie Davis

Patricia Rochford

Sunday 14 July 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Suzanne Brown

John Delaney

Mark Morris

9:00am – 12:30pm

Sunday 21 July 2019

6:00am – 9:30am

Lisa Andreoli

Christine Buwalda-Nicolson

Trish Sellers

9:00am – 12:30pm

Joanne Godfrey

Teresa Cowell

Markets BBQ Roster

Sunday 16 June

Cane 2 Coral

Vince Habermann

Sunday 23 June


Jenny Hawe

Sunday 30 June

St Joseph's P & F

Gemma Bush

Sunday 7 July

St Joseph's P & F

Gemma Bush

Sunday 14 July

East Bundaberg Rotary

David Baldry

Sunday 21 July

Kepnock Scouts

Chris Jansen

Community Notice Board

Parish Bulletin

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